i hurt my back. i was putting a cooler into the back of a minivan. it was hot hot and i was grumpy. the girls were grumpy too. i wanted to be cool already. i wanted to be calm and cool. and at the beach. but i was rushing out of the heat. arguing out the door. i put the cooler into the back of the van, my back rounding with the strain. it seized. it gripped. it yelled at me. and i yelped. i grrred: “oh my back”.
i am fiercely independent. that is my story. i like to carry boxes and coolers and tables. preferably by myself. i can open the door with my foot. i prefer not to ask for help. i think i’ve mentioned that before! i know i often carry too much. i even use my mouth to carry extra. if i could i would carry everything out of the car in one load. i’m sure it is comical to watch. my neighbours must get a regular giggle. can you see me with my arms and shoulders laden with grocery bags and a box; there is also a cloth bag hanging from my teeth and i am trying to close the trunk of my little blue car?
i asked matthew to cut the grass with my push mower sunday morning. i didn’t want to ask him; but i knew if i pushed it i would cause myself more pain. like i did saturday picking up the trays of sprouts. you see there is actually more clover then grass in my little yard. clover flowers are beautiful; and fun to eat. but the bees buzz in the clover grass. we walk bare foot and sometimes we step on them. stepping on bees is no fun. so i asked matthew to cut the grass. and sweetly he did.
i’m noticing how difficult it is for me to sit still. to just be. to undue. i prefer to keep myself ‘busy’. i enjoy doing. moving. cleaning. tidying. weeding. teaching. selling. juicing. playing. driving. writing. reading. talking. with only the occasional rest. my back, however, was asking for more than occasional. it also required a narrower range of motion. and so i obliged…honestly… because there was no other choice. the kind of pain i experienced in the first few days was the sharp, shooting, and take your breath away kind.
after five days of much less doing, and some less doing, and a little less doing i am feeling much better. i am left with only a subtle tenderness and much stiffness. some loving stretching will assist me. i am also left with deep gratitude for the regular happiness of my body.
with a sore back i still made and ate raw cake!!!!! in celebration of sitting down with almost nothing to do…here is a cake recipe. i rarely use recipes anymore…so these recipes are pretty close to what i put in the blender…i just don’t always measure with cups…i use handfuls…but for your ease…i’m using the measuring cups measurements!!!
eat me cake (aka put that box down and eat cake)
2 cups of brazil nuts
1/2 cups of pitted dates or figs
blend in vitamix (or high powered lender)
press into spring form pan
5 cups of cashews
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of honey
2 cups of water
1 Tablespoon of vanilla powder
juice of one lemon
pinch of pink salt
blend in vitamix..use plunger…until smooth
poor over crust and freeze
3 Tablespoons of cacao powder
1 Tablespoon of raw honey
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
water to blend;
mix in a bowl with a spoon and spread over frozen cake
top with berries and enjoy
keep frozen until about 15 minutes before eating (i have gotten some feedback recently about the time it takes to soften after taking it out of the freezer…so it seems to vary…but it may take as long as 30 minutes to cut easily) it will be an experiment!!!!! please let me know how long it takes YOUR cake. and really how you like to eat it (cold, hard, soft….)
the raspberries in our backyard are delish. and the wormies are friendly! raspberries are amazing toppings. and worms are great friends.
16 thoughts on “put that box down, and eat some cake!!!!”
Darling girl, I’m so glad you asked for help (bonus that you got it!). In my You Can Heal Your Life book, back pain is feeling (being?) unsupported. But of course if we don\’t let anyone support us, if we want and try to do it all ourselves, then something is bound to give! I really \’get\’ your need to do it all on your own … and I hope we both can learn to let others help us
i am practicing letter others help me. and even sometimes asking for help. solo parenting has definitely helped/forced me to reach out more for help. and i do have some incredible friends who make my life possible. here’s to letting in the help. and feeling truly supported!!! much love tara!
p.s. YUM!!! (and beautifully written, as always!)
Oh my goodness how I could relate to this story sweet lady. Ahh I have a few years on you and with that comes the need to ask for more help……….my darling girls are willing thank heavens and a sweet new man in my life is a juicy treat …..he often gently reminds me that he loves to help…..maybe my fiecely independant single motherhood can give way to a blossoming allowing gentleness and surrender…………..thankyou for sharing I love to be still long enough to read them xxxx Shaz
oh yes. i do hope for you and for me and for all…the blossoming allowing. the sharing and the helping. the receiving!!!! much love and STILLNESS to you 🙂
what a beautiful record of the simple things that matter in life. thanks for introducing me to your lovely space and to your delicious cake! i didn’t end up making a raw cake. it was suppose to be for my partner’s mom who i remembered (in the midst of getting ingredients for a raw cake) didn’t like the raw brownies i made a little while back. i will just have to make this for myself and enjoy! thanks, chantalle!
shilpa (stone store)
you are welcome!!!! maybe you will just have to come over to my house and have a slice sometime soon!!!
thanks so much for the slice of cake, chantalle!!! it is SO yummy! I was having a so-so day and that slice of deliciousness made my day a whole lot better! thank you!!
you are SO very welcome!!!!!
Once again, I really enjoy Your blog! I like Your comical writing style, honesty and the beautiful layout/theme. I wanted to send You a friend request on fb but couldn’t find You. 😦 I use the same name on fb, maybe You can send Me a request? Have a wonderful week!
thank you for the sweet sweet words!!!!! i will facebook you. and see you at the market saturday!
That cake looks divine and sounds like it is so delicious!! Loving your blog! : )
thank you robin!!! the cake is delicious!!!!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe…and enlightened words.
you are welcome neisha. thank you! let me know how it goes if you decide to make the cake!!!!!!